Annie J. Howell’s films have played the SXSW, Mill Valley, Starz Denver, Hamptons, Full Frame, Silver Docs, Clermont-Ferrand, Cleveland, Atlanta, New Orleans and Cinequest Film Festivals, amongst many others. Her work has been screened on the Sundance Channel, PBS, and the Independent Film Channel.
Her first feature, co-written and directed with Lisa Robinson, is titled Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (2011). Currently screening on Netflix and Hulu, the film premiered at SXSW 2011 and was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Audience Award at RiverRun Film Festival. Garnering praise from Variety, NPR as well as the late Roger Ebert, the film opened theatrically at Cinema Village in New York and went on to play several other markets.
Other recent work includes a short, Tia and Marco, commissioned by ITVS (Independent Television Service) for their inaugural online science fiction series, FUTURESTATES. Her awards include a 2008 IFP Grand Prize Award in Digital Filmmaking from Panasonic, and a 2010 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant, all for original screenwriting.
She previously taught at The New School in New York City, where she was the Founding Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies, and at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She is an Associate Professor of Film at Ohio University in Athens (the Berkeley of Ohio), where she lives with her husband and two sons. Her favorite writing room at the Colony is on the right at the top of the stairs.